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Check out two immersive new tunes from Philly singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy

Thom McCarthy | photo via http://thommccarthy.bandcamp.com/
Thom McCarthy | photo via http://thommccarthy.bandcamp.com/

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy gets an A+ for song titles. The Philly singer-songwriter just this week released two tracks from his forthcoming record, and they are called “Primal Whistle of the Wind” and “Hobnob With the Doomed.” I don’t think anymore needs to be said; these curiosity-inducing phrases get your brain working before you even hit play (or maybe it’s just me).

“Primal Whistle of the Wind” is carried by resonant acoustic guitar and paired with earnest vocals that depict a struggle to escape an emotional purgatory. “Hobnob with the Doomed” is driven forward by similar instrumental arrangements with slight deviations in style. The lyrics appear to introduce a narrative, that could span the LP, in which listeners and / or the storyteller venture down a road that leads them out of purgatory, but quickly transitions into Hell.  Continue reading →

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Post War Dream’s “Fading In” serves as a catalyst for a necessary conversation

Post War Dream | photo via https://www.facebook.com/postwardreamband/
Post War Dream | photo via https://www.facebook.com/postwardreamband/

The first track released off Philadelphia band Post War Dream‘s projected 2017 release We’ll Be Just Fine takes a heavy topic and starts a necessary conversation.

“Fading In” details the devastation of addiction, and is meant a beacon for those struggling with it, as well as those who care about them. Continue reading →

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Get to know Henri Tyler at his EP release show tonight at Bourbon and Branch

Henri Tyler | photo via facebook
Henri Tyler | photo via facebook

Strings is Henri Tyler‘s first EP written from the perspective of a semi-seasoned Philadelphian.

The NJ native is a student at Drexel and wrote his self-titled debut about his transition into city and college life. Strings begins with the similarly titled “Pulling Strings,” a ballad carried by heavily distorted guitars, impassioned vocals of Tyler and a motif of evading the past and attempting to embrace the future. Henri Tyler is very new to The Key’s radar and all prospective fans should familiarize themselves with the soaring vocals and pop/rock wit displayed with lyrics like “Hey, you sold your soul and got away” from “The Field.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balance and Composure at Union Transfer, Rosali at Hi5 Studios, Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle and more

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honus Honus at Boot and Saddle, Sun Organ at Kung Fu Necktie

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

In light of his recent debut solo album release, I would say now is the perfect time to catch Honus Honus live. Use Your Delusion is the product of years and years of touring and making music with his band Man Man, which gave him a decade to cultivate his own personal persona and style. Honus Honus is playing tonight at Boot and Saddle with the Brooklyn-based garage-rock band Pink Mexico. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more details on this 21+ show, and check out the video for “Heavy Jesus” below. Continue reading →

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Who the heck is playing the first National Park festival at Bourbon and Branch?

american trappist
American Trappist | photo by Brian L. Tice Jr.

“A lot of music, on a smaller scale.” That’s the idea behind the National Park mini-festival, which brings six bands to the stage at Bourbon and Branch next Saturday.

Coordinators of this event recognize the indifference experienced by many concertgoers when forced to sit through long sets of bands they don’t know in addition to long changeover times while waiting for the act that they came to see. National Park intends to remedy this in a way that encourages listeners to pay attention to new acts in hopes that they’ll discover more local music.

National Park will be headlined by blues rock hybrid artist Joe Michelini (formerly of River City Extension), also known as American Trappist and the 60’s psych rock influenced Madalean Gauze. Continue reading →

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Opera, Dogs, Applause: The new Purples single “Evaporate” has something for everyone

Purples
Purples | photo courtesy of the artist

If you are looking for new music, but aren’t sure exactly what you are looking for, then this new song from Philadelphia quartet Purples is just for you. The five-minute “Evaporate” features samples of opera singing, dogs barking, an accordion, and applause — a little something for everyone. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bronx / Mariachi El Bronx at The Fillmore, Kula Shaker at World Cafe Live, and Bryant Eugene Vazquez at Bourbon and Branch

Mariachi El Bronx
Mariachi El Bronx | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight at the Fillmore in Fishtown, Los Angeles hardcore band The Bronx performs both as themselves and as their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx. In the latter, the band performs (you guessed it) mariachi music, an idea was born out of the band’s desire to challenge themselves musically. The Bronx will be supported by Dead Heavens, a four-piece group with roots in hard rock and New York City. Check out what Mariachi El Bronx is all about below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Juliette Lewis at Union Transfer

Juliette Lewis | photo via Facebook

Singer / rocker / actress / general badass Juliette Lewis headlines Union Transfer tonight. After releasing a run of albums in the aughties with her band Juliette and the Licks, she returns this year with a new solo effort – listen to “Hello Hero” below and get tickets and information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach Slang at Union Transfer, Ground Up at Bourbon and Branch, Live From The Lot at Electric Factory, and more…

Beach Slang
Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

There might have been some rumors that punk rockers Beach Slang were going to break up recently, but their response? “If you’re still in, we are.” Well so are we. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight to light the venue on fire with blood, sweat, and rock and roll. Opening the show will be Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, and Positive No. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →